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How to Contribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement as an Artist

How to Contribute to the Black Lives Matter Movement as an Artist A powerful, collective voice is echoing across the world. Civil, Social, and Racial injustices must end and it is our job to aid in this battle. Since the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained more traction than ever, built on the blood, sweat, and tears of individuals acting in solidarity. The BLM movement, thus, requires consistent support, and you can get involved in many ways. Politics is not our concern in this article – instead, we want to tell you how to support your peers, fellow musicians, and neighbors. We cannot stand silent. Today’s post will cover different ways that you can get involved in the cause. Use Your Voice (IRL and on Social Media)     Humans are social creatures by nature. Whether our friend group consists of thousands, hundreds, dozens, or …

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Teacher Spotlight | Loren Moore | Mixing & Mastering

Teacher Spotlight | Loren Moore | Mixing & Mastering Loren Moore is a Beat Lab alumnus, and one of our regular guest instructors. He is a music producer, multi-instrumentalist and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles. Loren regularly drops in for the Mixing and Mastering sections of the curriculum to lend his expertise. His take on engineering and production is always enlightening. He’s also a total sweetheart!     Native to England, he moved to America performing in bands and writing solo aliases including his own band touring across the US with Mayday Parade, There For Tomorrow and more. Later he started his former alias, IDestiny, gaining millions of plays across major blog sites and achieving releases on Warner Bros and EDM Network while producing and mixing for artists as his career developed. He currently develops upcoming artists, new projects and works with producers such as Richard Vission for song placements with major artists like Pitbull, Austin …

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Fresh Tracks of the Month – June 2020 – Influential Black Musicians

Fresh Tracks of the Month – June 2020 – Influential Black Musicians It’s been a chaotic spring and summer, with global protests calling for justice for George Floyd, and adjacent Black Lives Matter marches. No Matter your opinion on the politics of it, we are all people that deserve love and life. As a music school, we owe part of ourselves to musicians who came before us. In America, many of the most influential musicians in our history have been Black People of Color. With this month’s edition of Fresh Tracks, we’ll shout out some of our favorite Black Musicians that got us to where we are today. It’s undeniable, Black musicians shaped the way modern music sounds. There’s no way we could include ALL of the Black musicians we love, so we tried to showcase a few from each decade of the 1900s. Listen below. Louis Armstrong – Heebie …

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Should I Buy it? – Future Audio Workshops SubLab

Should I Buy it? – Future Audio Workshops SubLab Welcome back everyone to our latest edition of Should I Buy It! It’s been a wild few months of spring as we’re sure most of you can relate. We’ve gotten a bit more settled now that summer is here, we’ve reopened the school and our diving into our review schedule. First up is FAW’s killer plugin SubLab. Read below for our score and breakdown.       Breakdown Future Audio Workshpos touts SubLab as the one-stop plugin for all your bass needs. Use it to design subbass sounds for Hip-hop, Future bass and Trap genres. We put it to the test. Interface / Layout     SubLab sports a minimal look, opting for the flat design style that’s been a favorite of modern plugins. The dark theme, and the separation of the plugin’s modules, helps avoid the normal pitfall of flat …

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Doing It Live Again! More Tips to Improve Your Live Streams

Doing It Live Again! More Tips to Improve Your Live Streams A few weeks ago, we posted an article with 5 tips to step up the quality of your live streams. Well, we’re back with more pointers to further improve your streams. Today’s post covers techniques to increase your audience size, and keep people watching longer! Read below for some more tips to improve your live streams. Get Weird With Visuals     Life is stimulating. Very stimulating. Consider the last time you went to a relatively big concert (when was the last time one of those happened?). Were there lights and visuals? My guess is that there were. Visuals have become a major part of live music experiences. Although the industry has temporarily shifted to streaming platforms, fans are still used to having visuals complement the performance. Read below to see a couple of ways to get some cool …

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How To String a Guitar From Start To Finish

How To String a Guitar From Start To Finish As COVID closures and lockdown come to a slow end, we’re seeing plenty of optimistic returns to public spaces. People are going to the beach, protesting in solidarity with BLM and seeing a lot more of each other. At the end of the day, we all need a little relief. What better way than to pick up your guitar, and sing a tune with friends? In this article, we’ll show you how to give your axe some attention and replace the strings. We may be compensated for purchases made using the links to products below. Materials You’ll Need You’ll need a few things before re-stringing your guitar, first and foremost: a guitar! We’re assuming you already have one but if you don’t we’ll give you a few good options below. After that, you’ll need to settle on strings. Various options have …

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Captain Plugins 5 – A Big Beautiful Update

Captain Plugins 5.0 – A Big Beautiful Update MixedinKey just released their most recent update to their killer composition suite – Captain Plugins. We’re here to announce the newest features and let you know what we think. Read on below.     What are the Captain Plugins?     Captain Plugins 5 for Mac and Windows, comes with five VST plugins. The updated VSTs allow for super-fast songwriting and creation of chords, melodies, bass lines, and drums for any genre of music. Captain Plugins are designed for use by producers, DJs and songwriters. The Captain Plugins have had a solid place in our DAW workflow ever since reviewing Captain Chords 2.0 and Captain Melody 3.0. The plugins are fantastic tools for any producer whether new to the practice or a seasoned veteran.   What’s New? You saw our scores above, and our shortlist of pros/cons. So, what’s new with the …

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Stepping It Up: From Amateur to Pro

Stepping It Up: From Amateur to Pro You’ve been working hard, but there’s just something about your music that is missing. What could it be? After spending countless hours whittling away at a song, you feel like all the blood, sweat, and tears have gone to waste. Let’s not get caught up in the artist’s struggle. In this post, we’re going to take a look at some ways to give your music a more polished and professional sound. Learn Music Theory     It is super important to have a basic understanding of music theory if you want to produce music that sounds good. Sure, having a strong intuition is helpful, but rarely can a producer get far without knowing their scales and basic triads. Learning music theory will help you understand why certain notes sound good together and provide a foundation for your songwriting. It will also help you …

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Max for Live
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